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Week 9- Chronicle - Hanem Ibrahim

Week 9- Chronicle - Hanem Ibrahim

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Week 9- chronicle entry ± Hanem IbrahimMy Goal for this week 
is learning about the history of audiobooks.
Targeted information goals:
When was the first audio-book? And where?How the audiobook developed over the years?Are audio- books still having the same place among all the electronic books?
References
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he History of Audiobooks (2009) Retrieved on Oct. 30 , 2009 . Fromhttp://www.audiobookquest.com/article5.html 
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Freeland,
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The History of Electronic Books
. Retrieved October 30,2009, fromhttp://ezinearticles.com/?
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Summary
Audiobooks have a unique and fascinating history. Recordings of books in audio formatshave been around for a very long time. In 1933, anthropologist J.P. Harrington drove through North America recording oral histories of Native American tribes on aluminum discs using a car- powered turntable.
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he Library of Congress recordings made especially for the AmericanFoundation for the Blind were first introduced over a half century ago. And according to RobinWhitten, the editor and founder of Audio File (the only magazine which is dedicated solely to theaudiobook industry), Caedmon (now a subsidiary of Harper Collins Publishers) can be creditedwith having started the recordings of literature more than 50 years ago.
D
ylan
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homas was persuaded to record some of his poetry.
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hat happened on February 22nd., 1952.
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hose earlyrecordings were made into vinyl records,
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he transition of book recordings into audiocassettetapes happened in the late 1970's, It was not until the 1980s that there began a concerted effort toattract book retailers. As publishers entered the field of spoken-word publishing, the transition to book retailers carrying audiobooks became commonplace on bookshelves rather than in separatedisplays, but it wasn't until the advent of C
D
technology that the audiobook phenomenon reallyexploded. Now audiobook technology is transitioning yet again into downloadable digitalformats that can be listened to at your computer, transferred to a portable audio player, or burnedto a C
D
. Consumers are demanding ways to multi-task in our hectic world and today'saudiobooks allow readers to do that, at the same time preserving the oral tradition of storytellingthat J.P. Harrington pursued many years ago. (
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he History of Audiobooks , 2009)
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he Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of Consumer 
S
urvey that¶sshowed that 28 percent of adult respondents have listened to an audiobook in the last year,showing a growth of three percent from the survey results in 2006, and a growing comfort withthe audio medium among a broadening base of users.
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